Mario Balotelli promises Liverpool improvement on Twitter

The £16 million striker says his side will 'forget about the past' and 'work for the future.'

Mario Balotelli got his Champions League career at Liverpool off to the perfect start by scoring against Ludogorets last night but the Italian knows his side must improve if they are to continue playing in Europe's top competition.

The Reds beat the Bulgarian side 2-1 thanks to Balotelli's goal and a trademark late Steven Gerrard penalty, despite a late equaliser just before Javier Manquillo won the decisive spot-kick.

Liverpool's performance, however, will have served as a warning to Brendan Rodgers. Indeed, anything similar just won't do when the Anfield side face Real Madrid home and away - and might not even be good enough against FC Basel.

And, this morning, Balotelli seems to have hinted as much, taking to social media with the following message:

The tweet is perhaps revealing of the 23-year-old's experience of last night as, despite scoring his first Liverpool goal, the need to 'forget' the performance suggests it was a frustrating night for Rodgers' forwards.

With time, the likes of Balotelli and other new boys such as Adam Lallana, Lazar Markovic and more should gel enough to recreate the form of last season - though there are no guarantees.

Next up for the Reds are West Ham, before their first Merseyside Derby of the Premier League season, when Everton visit Anfield.

In between, Liverpool have a Capital One Cup clash against Middlesbrough, while they travel to Switzerland to face Basel on October 1st.

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